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Friday March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm

Status updated by our Observatory Director on Friday 3/11/2016 at 4:24 PM:

Okay, the skies will continue to clear so observatory opens at 7:00pm.
I stopped at observatory this afternoon and the grounds are damp so
 PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the observatory grounds.
Park on road north of observatory or in the ranger parking lot.
The north part of the observatory grounds is dry enough for telescope setup.

Should be a great night!

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event! 
We'll still be able to observe the winter sky including the Great Orion Nebula. This is one of the most spectacular celestial objects to observe! We'll point the 16" observatory telescope at NGC 2419, a rogue globular cluster at a distance of 304,000 lightyears (3X the distance across our galaxy). Jupiter makes an appearance during our observing session. We should be able to see pretty good detail as Jupiter is relatively close to Earth at this point in its orbit. In addition, we'll have a large field of view telescope setup to view Pleiades.

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Solar System objects rise/transit/set times from the ACA Observatory on the date of this event...

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